My.Games, the gaming division of Mail.ru Group, plans to launch a cloud gaming service My.Games Cloud. This is reported by Kommersant with references to job vacancies for developers, user agreement and three sources in the market.
According to one of the sources, the company may begin testing the service in 2020. It will run on the servers of the American Nvidia, and the solution of the Russian Playkey will become the basis of the software and hardware complex, which the company intends to modify independently.
It is expected that more than 300 games will be available for players, including Far Cry New Dawn, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the Assassin’s Creed series, etc. Two tariffs will be established: basic - free with average quality settings and advertising - and “advanced” with 4k image quality and a fee, the size of which has not yet been set.
The gaming division was the driver of Mail.ru Group’s revenue in the second quarter. Revenue from games increased by 46% year-on-year, to 11 billion rubles. According to the reports, My.Games provided 43% of total revenue of the group.
In addition to GFN.ru and Playkey, Loudplay, PlayCloud, PowerCloudGame, Megadrom, Drova and others are represented in the Russian market. Among large Russian companies, telecom operators became engaged in cloud gaming development. In February, Megafon launched a joint project with Loudplay, and Tele2 is implementing a pilot with GFN.ru on the 5G test network. In July, MTS launched a cloud gaming services marketplace. VimpelCom develops the Beeline Gaming service and has been cooperating with GFN.ru since July.
The Russian video game market in the coming years will grow by 5.1% annually and by the end of 2024 will reach $2.7 billion, and the cloud segment will grow much faster, according to the analysts from PwC and GFN.ru.